Recently in the sample lessons payment thread there has been a bit of discussion of the fees for collaborative pianists/accompanists. I thought it might be useful to start a thread on the issue. While I've seen plenty on various college/conservatory websites about accompanists' fees for auditions, I haven't seen much about accompanists' fees for when the student is attending the college/conservatory.
How frequently is the fee included within tuition? I think that Mezzo'sMama suggested that CIM includes accompanying within tuition (please correct me, if I'm wrong). When a school does not include it in tuition, what does it typically cost for a year or per hour? Obviously this will vary significantly from school to school and accompanist to accompanist, but it would be helpful to know what the range is.
When it is included within tuition, how much accompanying does it cover? Mezzo'sMama mentioned that at CIM, her daughter gets an hour rehearsal per week, plus accompaniment at lessons, plus auditions, juries, and performances (this seems adequate or generous). What would a violinist or other instrumentalist typically get? I'm assuming that accompanists for instrumentalists will not regularly go to lessons (although my son has had teachers that would like them there frequently).
We don't have any top-notch schools in our area, so at them each student individually arranges for accompaniment and pays for whatever they arrange at whatever rate they negotiate. For my son who is a sernior, we have been paying a wide range now from $40 per hour to $400 for a recent competition (the $400 included rehearsals, the pianists' individual practice time, and the hour-long performance).